udplite - Lightweight User Datagram Protocol
sockfd = socket(AF_INET, SOCK_DGRAM, IPPROTO_UDPLITE);
This is an implementation of the Lightweight User Datagram Protocol (UDP-Lite),
as described in RFC 3828.
UDP-Lite is an extension of UDP (RFC 768) to support variable-length
checksums. This has advantages for some types of multimedia transport that may
be able to make use of slightly damaged datagrams, rather than having them
discarded by lower-layer protocols.
The variable-length checksum coverage is set via a setsockopt
If this option is not set, the only difference from UDP is in using a
different IP protocol identifier (IANA number 136).
The UDP-Lite implementation is a full extension of udp
it shares the same API and API behavior, and in addition offers two socket
options to control the checksum coverage.
UDP-Litev4 uses the sockaddr_in
address format described in ip
UDP-Litev6 uses the sockaddr_in6
address format described in
To set or get a UDP-Lite socket option, call getsockopt
(2) to read or
(2) to write the option with the option level argument set to
. In addition, all IPPROTO_UDP
socket options are
valid on a UDP-Lite socket. See udp
(7) for more information.
The following two options are specific to UDP-Lite.
- This option sets the sender checksum coverage and takes an
int as argument, with a checksum coverage value in the range
- A value of 0 means that the entire datagram is always
covered. Values from 1-7 are illegal (RFC 3828, 3.1) and are
rounded up to the minimum coverage of 8.
- With regard to IPv6 jumbograms (RFC 2675), the
UDP-Litev6 checksum coverage is limited to the first 2^16-1 octets, as per
RFC 3828, 3.5. Higher values are therefore silently truncated to
2^16-1. If in doubt, the current coverage value can always be queried
- This is the receiver-side analogue and uses the same
argument format and value range as UDPLITE_SEND_CSCOV. This option
is not required to enable traffic with partial checksum coverage. Its
function is that of a traffic filter: when enabled, it instructs the
kernel to drop all packets which have a coverage less than the
specified coverage value.
- When the value of UDPLITE_RECV_CSCOV exceeds the
actual packet coverage, incoming packets are silently dropped, but may
generate a warning message in the system log.
All errors documented for udp
(7) may be returned. UDP-Lite does not add
- basic UDP-Litev4 statistics counters.
- basic UDP-Litev6 statistics counters.
UDP-Litev4/v6 first appeared in Linux 2.6.20.
Where glibc support is missing, the following definitions are needed:
#define IPPROTO_UDPLITE 136
#define UDPLITE_SEND_CSCOV 10
#define UDPLITE_RECV_CSCOV 11
RFC 3828 for the Lightweight User Datagram Protocol (UDP-Lite).
in the Linux kernel source tree
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